Canada’s Senate just voted YES this Tuesday to pass the federal government’s historic bill legalizing the use of marijuana. The law will not come into effect until it receives royal assent.
Trudeau hoped to make cannabis legal by July 1 but Canada’s provinces and territories have said that they need an 8 to 12 weeks to make final preparations before they are able to sell cannabis to consumers.
The proposed law would make it legal for anyone over the age of 18 to possess marijuana, provided that it is less than 30 grams (just over an ounce). It also allows Canadians to grow up to four marijuana plants in their home.
The law makes Canada the second country after Uruguay to have a nationwide, legal market for marijuana, noting that it is legal in Amsterdam only in Netherlands.
“We’ve just witnessed a historic vote for Canada. The end of 90 years of prohibition,” Sen. Tony Dean, one of the bill’s sponsors, told the CBC. “Transformative social policy, I think. A brave move on the part of the government.”
The government said that making marijuana illegal “has allowed criminals and organized crime to profit, while failing to keep cannabis out of the hands of Canadian youth.”
It added, “In many cases, it is easier for our kids to buy cannabis than cigarettes.”
It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate. #PromiseKept
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 20, 2018
The system will be similar to the one in Amsterdam, government will control the quantities, the price and the selling point of Marijuana, We think that Canada will soon be full of tourists just like Amsterdam also!